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Urban Surfer’s Round Up of the Top UK festivals Summer 2017!

Although it may not feel like it of late, summer is far from being over, and to celebrate we bring you a list of the top festivals happening across the UK. From Americana to Hip Hop we have got you covered!

Boardmasters Festival, Fistral Beach & Watergate Bay, Newquay: 9-13 August 2017

Headliners: Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai, Alt-J

Boardmasters celebrates the best boarders in the world – surfers and skaters – and throws in some crazy BMX action. All of this is combined with some top artists providing the soundtrack to the weekend. Throw in some rad after parties, some sunset beach sessions. Organisers revealed 29 unforgettable acts who will join the headliners. With everything from grime, house, alt-rock, reggae, singer-songwriter and much more, Boardmasters is on track to be bigger and better than ever before, bringing another epic year of surf and music to the sun-drenched Cornish coastline.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales: 17-20 Aug 2017

Headliners: PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams, Future Islands

2017 marks the 15th anniversary of this iconic Welsh festival. Green Man is set in the Brecon Beacons, in south Wales, surrounded by miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls and rivers. The festival prides itself on its ethical and non-corporate approach. Hidden in the Welsh hills are 1,500 performers to discover spanning the comedy, theatre and literary worlds, complimented by the many local ales and ciders on offer, and of course the diverse spas and therapies to help nurse away those hangovers.

V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire: 19-20 Aug 2017

Headliners: P!nk, Jay-Z, Rudimental

V Festival is a paradise for pop lovers! This year the festival promises even more with Jay-Z and Pink headlining! There are two events – one in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, and the other in Weston Park, Staffordshire. The acts swap locations, so the headliner and other acts from Essex’s Saturday event will head to Staffordshire for the Sunday, and vice versa.

Reading & Leeds, Little John’s Farm & Bramham Park: 25-27 Aug 2017

Headliners:  Muse, Kasabian, Eminem

Reading Festival provides a platform for rising and established indie acts, metal groups, next generation dance, hip hop and alternative pop bands. This year Kasabian, Muse, Eminem, Haim, Bastille and Major Lazer are among the line up. This year will be the first time since 2011 that Muse will be making a headline appearance.

South West Four, Clapham Common, South West London: 26-27 Aug 2017

Headliners: Pendulum, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Tinie Tempah

South West Four festival turns Clapham Common into London’s biggest and best outdoor club for the last weekend of August. It brings together the best of electronic music. The four stages of house, techno, minimal, trance and electronica music will keep you buzzing all evening. The festival invites top international stars to play with the best of British for a weekend of serious beats and large-scale partying.

End of the Road, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, 31st August – 3rd September

Headliners: Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Band of Horses

Father John Misty makes his UK headliner debut at 2017s End of the Road festival, bringing some new material with him. The rest of the lineup is made up of a mixture of new and classic songwriters. The music spans folk, psych, rock, world, indie, dream pop and Americana. One of the most exciting acts on the line-up is Malian duo Amadou and Mariam. The festival also has a programme of films, comedy, literature and workshops. The beauty of this festival is that they have a capacity of around 11,000 and have put a lot of energy into the finer details. Look out for free books on a shelf around a tree, and make sure not to miss the silent disco!!

Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset: 7-10 Sep 2017

Headliners: The xx, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow, Pet Shop Boys

The UK’s award winning, fancy dress friendly fiesta is moving sites for 2017,from the Isle of Wight to Dorset, the home of its sister festival, Camp Bestival. Bestival which wraps up the UK festival calendar, is renowned for late night mischief, pianos popping up in the woods, lit-up lakesides, mass fancy dress, alongside poetry, theatre, comedy and plenty more.

Stephanie Contomichalos

Stephanie Contomichalos is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid crossfitter, wakeboarder and has recently qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is also an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development. She is currently living in Athens, Greece.

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